Ministry Opportunity in New York City

HNP Communications  Around the Province

NEW YORK – St. Francis Friends of the Poor, the non-profit organization established by John Felice, OFM, and John McVean, OFM, nearly 40 years ago to help people with chronic mental illness in New York City, is seeking an executive director.  The position, which reports to the Board of Directors, is responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations and administration, financial management, programs, fundraising, marketing and strategic planning.

The executive director leads community engagement efforts and outreach services for Manhattan’s most vulnerable populations, according to information provided by the agency that is managing the job search. The person who fills the position will manage programmatic operations and continuity to ensure exceptional program delivery and cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships with city and regional agencies and organizations.

Qualified candidates should be self-starters who share the commitment of the SFFP board to St. Francis’ core ministry. They must have the ability to advocate passionately on behalf of the organization and the people it serves in the public and private sectors. The executive director should be knowledgeable, flexible and entrepreneurial in dealing with challenges of government priorities and the delivery of supportive services, as well as be able to adapt to change to foster the growth of the organization. He or she should also have relevant professional experience maintaining regulatory and contractual compliance with multiple government funders.

In addition, qualified candidates should have experience with and knowledge of issues that affect individuals with mental and behavioral health issues facing the challenges of homelessness. A master’s degree in a related discipline is required, as is at least 10 years of increasingly responsible executive management experience in an organization of similar size and complexity.

Applicants are asked to submit resumes by Nov. 1 to Anne McCarthy at Full details about the position can be found on this link to the search firm’s website.

Since the early 1980s, St. Francis Friends of the Poor organization has provided housing at three residences, referred to as hotels, for financially challenged men and women suffering from mental illness. Today, these St. Francis Residences, located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, provide housing and supportive services for nearly 300 men and women.

In 2016, John Felice and John McVean – who were honored in October of that year by The Supportive Housing Network of New York – stepped down as directors of St. Francis Residences. Stephen Mimnaugh, OFM, has served in that role since summer 2016.

Information about St. Francis Friends of the Poor – including its history and residences – can be found on the SFFP website.

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